Last updated: 16 February, 2014

7 hurt as Jordan troops clash with Syria infiltrators

Jordan’s army said on Sunday troops have clashed with 10 people as they tried to enter the kingdom illegally from Syria, wounding seven and arresting three.

It said on its website that “10 individuals attempted on Saturday night to illegally cross from Syria… in an area that is not used by Syrian refugees.”

“Troops clashed with the infiltrators, injuring seven and arresting three others. The injured were hospitalised,” a brief statement said, without elaborating.

Jordan has said smuggling across the border with Syria has risen by 300 percent, and that hundreds of trafficking attempts have been foiled.

The kingdom is currently home to more than 500,000 Syrian refugees, most of them in the north.